Ospreys team to play Harlequins

The Ospreys team to play Harlequins at St Helens, Swansea, on Friday 11th November 2016, KO 7.35pm UK, is as follows:

15 Dafydd Howells

14 Tom Grabham

13 Joe Thomas

12 Jonathan Spratt

11 Tom OFlaherty

10 Luke Price

9 Matthew Aubrey


1 Gareth Thomas

2 Scott Otten

3 Rhodri Jones

4 James Ratti

5 Rory Thornton

6 Rob McCusker (Capt)

7 Joe Tomalin-Reeves

8 Dan Baker



16 Hugh Gustafson

17 Rowan Jenkins

18 Dan Suter

19 Rhys Jones

20 Sam Underhill

21 Phil Jones

22 Kieran Williams

23 Jay Baker


James Ratti, Joe Tomalin-Reeves, Matthew Aubrey and Tom OFlaherty make their Ospreys debuts

Luke Price, Joe Thomas and Rhodri Jones make their first Ospreys start

Rowan Jenkins, Rhys Jones, Phil Jones, Kieran Williams and Jay Baker will make their Ospreys debuts if they come off the bench


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

This competition provides a great opportunity for the next generation of Ospreys to show what they are capable of, training and playing over a two week period with some senior boys against quality opposition.

Likewise in the coaching staff, with Richard Fussell and Tom Smith getting some hands on experience day to day, since this competition became a development focused one, its been good to us as Ospreys in terms of who has come through and used it as a stepping stone towards really establishing themselves.

We know Harlequins will provide a real challenge and, whatever side they select, will be physical and well organised, like any Premiership side in England are, with threats right across the field. Weve got to enjoy the challenge. Weve got plenty of potential in our line-up, players who have excelled at their clubs or within regional age-grade, but there is a sprinkling of experience and proven quality to hold it together. 

Another thing this competition allows us to do is get to play games at some of the old club grounds. Going back to Swansea RFC is a landmark for us, its been more than 11 years. I played here for two seasons as an Osprey, including the last game in 2005 and have some good memories. Going back there gives some of these youngsters a chance to make their own memories, for themselves, their friends and families to enjoy.

They know the standards expected of them as Ospreys, that never changes regardless of who is in the shirt, so its about who can perform for their region on Friday night.


Forthcoming Fixtures

Fri 18 Nov 7.15pm Cardiff Blues v Ospreys BT Sport CAP Anglo-Welsh Cup

Fri 25 Nov 7.35pm Glasgow v Ospreys Scotstoun PRO12

Fri 2 Dec 7.35pm Ospreys v Edinburgh Liberty Stadium PRO12

Thursday 8 Dec 8.45pm (Local) Grenoble v Ospreys Stade Des Alpes - ERCC